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Russia starts moving Ukrainian warships seized in Kerch Strait - source

ROSTOV-ON-DON, November 17. /TASS/: Russia began moving Ukrainian Navy warships, which were seized in the Kerch Strait on November 25, 2018, a source in the Southern Federal District’s emergency services told TASS.

"The operation on moving [the vessels] has started," the source said.

Number of terrorist crimes rises in Russia in 2019 - Exterior Ministry

MOSCOW, November 16. /TASS/: The number of terrorist crimes has risen in the first nine months of 2019 by 3% in comparison with last year’s figures in the same period, while extremist crimes fell by 61%, the Russian Exterior Ministry statistics shows.

"In January-September 2019, 1,382 terrorist crimes were registered [which is 3.1% more than in the same period last year] and 454 extremist crimes [61% fewer]," the statistics says.

Six people killed in blast in downtown Baghdad — media

MOSCOW, November 16. /TASS/: The death toll in the blast that rocked Baghdad on Friday has climbed to six people, Xinhua news agency reported citing a source in the Iraqi Interior Ministry.

Thirty people were also injured in the blast. Earlier reports said that four people died and 20 were injured.

A car bomb exploded near Tahrir Square in downtown Baghdad where many protesters gathered.

Russian military police and aviation conduct several patrol missions in northern Syria

MOSCOW, November 15. /TASS/: The Russian military police conducted a number of patrol missions in Syria’s Aleppo and al-Hasakah governorates, and the air taskforce conducted an aerial patrol mission in northern Syria, Major General Yury Borenkov, chief of the Russian Center for reconciliation of the conflicting sides in Syria, told reporters on Friday.

Russia's revenue from participating in OPEC+ deal rises to $670 mln in 2019 — IEA

MOSCOW, November 15. /TASS/: Russia and Saudi Arabia, despite decline of oil production under the OPEC+ agreement, which has been operating for three years, have increased their oil revenues, like most countries involved in the transaction, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA) report published on Friday.

Russian Black Sea Fleet conventional sub takes to sea for drills after repairs

MOSCOW, November 15. /TASS/: The Black Sea Fleet’s Project 636.3 diesel-electric submarine Novorossiysk has taken to the sea for drills after its repairs, the Fleet’s press office reported on Friday.

"In accordance with the Fleet’s combat training plan, the Black Sea Fleet submarine Novorossiysk has taken to the sea for a set of drills as part of accomplishing the assigned mission," the press office said in a statement.

Police bust real estate scammers who defrauded hundreds over apartment rentals

MOSCOW, November 15. /TASS/: Law enforcement authorities have detained 10 real estate swindlers who conned their victims that were seeking apartments in different Russian regions, Russian Interior Ministry Spokeswoman Irina Volk told TASS on Friday.

"Police officers and the Russian National Guard Troops Service detained 10 people," Volk stated.

Russian spy chief: New Start treaty unlikely to be extended - TASS

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The New START nuclear arms control treaty between Russia and the United States is unlikely to be extended, Sergei Naryshkin, the head of Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service said on Friday, the TASS news agency reported.

The New START accord, which is due to expire in February 2021, is the last major nuclear arms control treaty between the world’s two biggest nuclear powers and limits the number of strategic nuclear warheads they can deploy.

Veteran Russian voyager to embark on solar-powered, round-the-world glider flight

KRASNOYARSK, November 14. /TASS/: Veteran Russian adventurer Fyodor Konyukhov plans to take off on a non-stop flight around the world on a Project Albatros solar-powered glider in 2020 or 2021, as the famed explorer told TASS.

"We are setting our sights on 2020 or 2021," Konyukov said.

The glider with a wingspan of 44 meters is currently under construction. Plans are in store to equip it with solar batteries so that a pilot can fly the glider in the daytime, while at night, the aerial vehicle will glide on its own.

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